The Team Behind

The Dream

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Emily Lee


Lover of good conversation and the little things, Emily enjoys helpful nonfiction, the occasional home DIY project, and a solid cup of coffee. Her favorite things in life are her family. Most importantly, her 8 year old "Mini Me" who - like Emily - is an avid writer and story teller. 


"Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?" - MLK 

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Marteen Busby

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A native of Montana, Marteen enjoys all things outdoor adventure: skiing, fishing, and hiking just to name a few. She's an avid indoor cyclist, as well as a coffee enthusiast. When she's not chasing her adorably spunky two year old, you might find her behind a good book (thrillers are her favorite!). 

"Fight for the things you care about, but only in a way that will lead others to join you." - RBG 

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Mary Chin

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Fueled by coffee and powered by community, Mary enjoys spending time with her two daughters and husband. When she's not running her own business or volunteering with her kiddo's school PTA, a beautifully written cookbook with vibrant pictures will keep her occupied. 

"We can't think narrowly. We have to think in the biggest possible way." - Alice Waters

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Marne Larsen

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Proud mom of twin teenage girls, Marne enjoys traveling with her family and exploring new places, as well as gardening and wine tasting. As the publisher of Growing Up Chico, she values the art of writing and story telling, and is committed to community involvement.  


"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream" - C.S. Lewis 

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Julie Rinehart

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A firm believer that time is best spent outside...and nothing happens before coffee. When she isn't working at Action News, you'll find her trying to keep up with her two energetic boys. An avid writer, Julie believes sharing stories can connect hearts and bring us closer together.


"When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed." -Maya Angelou  

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Jack-uahua Support Dog

Not much of a writer, Pumpkin's favorite activities are snuggling, sleeping, and begging. He loves car rides, trips to the park, and playing fetch (although hasn't quite mastered the retrieving part). Well-versed on the topic of cats, he avoids them at all costs. 

“My fashion advice is: If you're not covered in dog hair, your life is empty.” – Elayne Boosler